Pavetta australiensis—Pavetta—RUBIACEAE.

Pavetta australiensis

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Habitat— Grows in dry rainforest.

Distribution—North from the McPherson Range in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description— Shrub to small tree to c. 7 m high.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour and Raintrees Diamond Beach.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, opposite, domatia absent, interpetiolar stipules present; lamina elliptic to narrow—elliptic or oblanceolate, 4 to 15 cm long, 1 to 6 cm wide, apex acuminate to obtuse, lamina thin—textured, ± glossy, glabrous, main lateral veins prominent; petiole 5 to 20 mm long; stipules triangular, prominent.

Pavetta australiensis
Pavetta australiensis

Inflorescence.—Many—flowered, terminal above uppermost leaves, subtended by fused bracts. Calyx 1.5 to 2 mm long. Corolla white, tube 10 to 15 mm long, lobes 5 to 8 mm long. Style twice the length of corolla tube.

Flowering.—Spring.

Fruit.—Globose, 6 to 8 mm diam., black, crowned by persistent calyx.

Ripe.—Summer.

Pavetta australiensis